Boy, 15, Is One Of 5 Unexplained Deaths At Apple's Factories In China
The boy, Shi Zhaokun, died of pneumonia shortly after Oct. 9. He had been working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, according to activists from China Labor Watch, a workers' rights organization that performs undercover investigations at Chinese electronics manufacturing plants.
Apple has made efforts to prevent labor abuses at its Chinese suppliers, and subjects those factories to regular audits and inspections. Part of the problem is that there is high demand for jobs at Apple's factories. In September, there was a riot at Foxconn, another Apple supplier, between different groups of workers - about 200 in all - protecting their turf. The legal age for working in China is 16. Shi was carrying forged papers claiming he was 20.
Pegatron has offered Shi's family the equivalent of $15,000 in compensation for his death. Negotiations are ongoing.